Research and Development in the Institute of Education
The Institute of Education provides research-based and contemporary pre-service training for teachers, special education teachers, speech therapists, and social pedagogues. There is also an extensive in-service training programme for teachers, heads of schools, and university teaching staff.
Our main fields of research:
- Development of teachers' professional competence
- Relations between teacher’s professional development and students’ achievement and general competencies at different ages
- Teaching practices and beliefs of teachers and academic staff
- Teacher's agency
- Self-regulation skills
- Learning competence
- Communication competence
- Socio-emotional skills
- Mathematics competence
- Nature competence
- Entrepreneurship competence
- Inquiry-based learning and problem solving in web-based learning environments
- Digital competencies
- Responsible research and innovation
- Algorithmic thinking
- Virtual and augmented reality
- Development of instruments for assessing the progress of students with special educational needs
- Development of research-based learning materials and teachers’ guidelines for working with students with special needs
- Indications of speech and language disorders
- Development of diagnostics and therapies
The institute's staff have participated in international development projects that have focused on web-based inquiry learning environments and learning analytics in e-assessment.
The Institute of Education co-ordinates the work of Pedagogicum – a consortium established by all faculties of the university for the co-ordination and joint development of curricula, standards and practice in teacher training, and co-ordination of related development projects.
In co-operation with Tallinn University, the institute publishes the Estonian Journal of Education – an open access peer-reviewed journal with an international editorial board.
The institute maintains strong links with the Faculty of Science and Technology in research and development projects.